Here in Quebec, we are fortunate to have thousands of lakes, and the tradition is to spend summer vacation splashing in the water at a lakeside cottage. Tragically, this tradition has been threatened in the past several years. Household use of phosphate-based lawn fertilizers and cleaning products has stimulated massive growth of blue-green algae in the lakes, which has choked out all other forms of aquatic life and turned the water toxic. It’s poisonous enough to kill a dog.
It struck me one day how closely this situation mirrors the state of our financial system. We’ve over-stimulated growth to the point that all other forms of life are being choked out and our biosphere has become toxic to us. Read more